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Shen Yun Brings ‘Magnificent History’ to Kansas City

Awe-inspiring celebration of classical Chinese dance at Kauffman Center

By Cat Rooney
Epoch Times Staff
Created: January 21, 2013 Last Updated: January 22, 2013
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All new 2013 Shen Yun performances at Kauffman Center, January 22-23, 2013. (Cat Rooney/Epoch Times)

All new 2013 Shen Yun performances at Kauffman Center, January 22-23, 2013. (Cat Rooney/Epoch Times)

KANSAS CITY, Mo—Shen Yun Performing Arts brings to the Kansas City metro area an exciting and entertaining program with an all new 2013 performance of divinely inspired traditional Chinese culture on January 22-23. Both evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

It is a perfect match—the beauty and splendor of Shen Yun with the elegant grandeur of the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts. 

“We are so pleased and proud that the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will host this awe-inspiring celebration of classical Chinese dance and music,” Michael Copeland, mayor of Olathe, Kansas, said in a greeting letter. 

“We thank the Falun Dafa Association for making it possible for us to experience the magnificent history and wonderful heritage of China.” 

The hearts of audiences worldwide are won over with Shen Yun’s portrayal of 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture, and its emphasis on classical Chinese dance. A unique orchestra, combining the unique sounds of both East and West, accentuates the dance. 

Classical Chinese dance is a distinct and complete dance form “embodying traditional aesthetic principles with its unique dance movements, rhythms, and inner meaning,” Shen Yun website states.

“Dance is one part of human culture,” it continues. “Classical Chinese dance is grounded in 5,000 years of divinely inspired culture, and is a dance art form built upon a deep foundation of traditional aesthetics.” The ancient art form “is rich with expressive power.”

Shen Yun’s formation came at a critical juncture. China’s ancient culture was nearly decimated by the ruling communist regime, and its deep inner meanings and vast stories and legends were in danger of being lost. A group of overseas Chinese artists came together to start Shen Yun.

“Shen Yun has since drawn top talent from around the world—many are winners of international competitions in dance and choreography, music, and singing,” according to Shen Yun website. “Completely independent of the Chinese regime, we enjoy the artistic freedom of New York to bring these ancient legends and virtues back to life.” 

Kansas City metro communities in Missouri welcomed Shen Yun through issuing proclamations, including: Councilman Jim Glover and Councilwoman Jan Marcason of Kansas City; Mayor Carol Suter, Mayor Pro Tem Jean Moore, Councilman Barry McCullough, Councilman J. Brian Hill and Councilman Bill Garnas of Gladstone; Mayor Kevin Wood of Harrisonville; Mayor Jimmy Odom of Belton; and Mayor Kathleen Rose of Riverside. 

This is Shen Yun’s seventh world tour, with more than 100 cities.

The Falun Dafa Association’s mission is to preserve and promote traditional Chinese culture and its high morals, and assists in bringing the non-profit Shen Yun to the Kansas City metro area. 

The performances will be in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center, located on Broadway next to the Kansas City Power and Light District, the Midwest premier entertainment epicenter.

For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org

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